Publications, Reports & Documents

Kent County Wants Healthy Babies

Health Matters

Other Publications, Reports & Documents

Public Health Reports

Annual Reports

Task Force on Health Care for People of Color

The Kent County Task Force on Health Care for People of Color began in 2001 as the result of the final report and recommendations of a committee appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners to identify ways to address the health disparities for minority populations.

The Task Force's mission is to examine the issue of health care for people of color, determine what Kent County is doing to resolve existing barriers and develop recommendations for the removal of these barriers. It has five major areas of focus: Access to Health Services, Cultural Sensitivity and Healing Racism, Education and Information, Prevention and Policy and is working diligently to address the needs of minorities in our community.

Miscellaneous

Kent County Health Department 2005 Communicable Disease Summary

The Health of Kent County, 2005
The Health of Kent County, 2005 is a unique and compelling look at the health status of our community. In this report, we examine several categories of community health indicators and allow for comparisons between Kent County, the State of Michigan and the United States as a whole. Far from being an end in itself, this report represents a work in progress and exemplifies our commitment to assessing the health of our community. (71 pages)

Strategic Plan, 2004
Comprehensive strategic plan focuses on five priority areas -- child and family health, community environment, disease prevention, public health surveillance, and organizational health -- with strategic initiatives and outcomes for each. Includes history of public health in Kent County and overview of strategic planning process. (15 pages)

Report on Public Health Services, 2002/2003
Overview of programs and services provided by the Kent County Health Department in 2002 and 2003. Includes summary of each service division with service statistics. (10 pages)

Report on Public Health Services, 2001
Overview of programs and services provided by the Kent County Health Department in 2001. Includes summary of each service division with service statistics. (10 pages)

Report on Public Health Services, 2000
Overview of programs and services provided in Kent County by the Health Department during 2000. Includes summary of each service division and history of public health in Kent County. (10 pages)

Report on Public Health Services, 1999
Overview of programs and services provided in Kent County by the Health Department during 1999. Includes summary of each service division and history of public health in Kent County. (11 pages)

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys

County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 2008
Report on community health status and indicators, based on a survey of Kent County residents. (33 pages)

State Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 2006
Report on community health status and indicators, based on a survey of Michigan residents; includes discussion of health risk behaviors and their impact on chronic and infectious disease and accidental injury in the population; extensive bibliography. (40 pages)

State Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 2005
Report on community health status and indicators, based on a survey of Michigan residents; includes discussion of health risk behaviors and their impact on chronic and infectious disease and accidental injury in the population; extensive bibliography. (34 pages)

County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 2002
Report on community health status and indicators, based on a survey of Kent County residents; includes discussion of health risk behaviors and their impact on chronic and infectious disease and accidental injury in the population; extensive bibliography. (31 pages)

Medical Examiner Annual Reports

Report on the activities of the Office of the Kent County Medical Examiner; includes demographic data, information on cause and manner of death, and examination of accidental, vehicular and drug-related deaths.

2012 (16 pages) 2005 (16 pages)
2011 (16 pages) 2004 (16 pages)
2010 (16 pages) 2003 (15 pages)
2009 (16 pages) 2002 (15 pages)
2008 (16 pages) 2001 (14 pages)
2007 (16 pages) 2000 (14 pages)
2006 (16 pages) 1999 (12 pages)
  1998 (10 pages)

2001 Communicable Disease in Kent County, Part I: Gastrointestinal Diseases.
Part I of report on communicable disease control in Kent County; focuses on foodborne, waterborne, and gastrointestinal illness; overview of epidemiology and outbreak investigation. (14 pages)

2001 Communicable Disease in Kent County, Part II: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.
Part II of report on communicable disease control in Kent County; focuses on childhood, adult, and international travel immunization; the effectiveness of vaccines; vaccine-preventable disease rates. (22 pages)

2001 Communicable Disease in Kent County, Part III: Sexually Transmitted Disease, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.
Part III of report on communicable disease control in Kent County; examines STD prevalence by age, gender, race/ethnicity; sections on hepatitis and TB. (18 pages)

Sowing the Seeds of Community Health: Healthy Kent Progress Report, 2000
Overview of Healthy Kent community initiative, including history, health status indicators, current activities, and future directions. (21 pages)

Assessing the Health of Older Adults in Kent County, Report to the Community, 2000
Report on demographics, morbidity, and mortality in Kent County adults age 65 and over. Also examines health disparities, access to care, and social/economic issues. (17 pages)

The Health of Kent County, 1999
Annual community health status report examines demographic data for Kent County, as well as leading causes of mortality, maternal and child health, and environmental health. (14 pages)

The Health of Kent County, 1998
Annual health status report examines Kent County demographic data, health trends and indicators. Sections on health status and mortality, maternal and child health, and environmental health. (18 pages)

Monitoring Child Health in Kent County, Report to the Community, 1999
Report on child health status and indicators in Kent County. Sections on demographic and economic data, and extensive review of leading causes of child mortality by age. (12 pages)

Community Report on Substance Abuse in the MINK Region, 1989-1999
Examines substance abuse trends and substance abuse treatment trends in publicly-funded programs in Montcalm, Ionia, Newaygo, and Kent Counties over a ten-year period. (14 pages)

Health Care Transportation Resources Directory
Comprehensive directory of transportation resources and assistance for medical and health care in Kent County; contains "Transportation at A Glance" guide, and separate index of listed agencies. (33 pages)

Community HealthWatch Report Cards

Infant Health, October 2002
Data on infant mortality rates among black and white infants; adequacy of prenatal care by race; birth weight by race by level of Prenatal care. (1 page file)

Substance Abuse, August 2002
Data on alcohol-involved motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries, and alcohol and drug deaths in Kent County. (1 page file).

Community Violence, June 2002
Data on child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and Kent County homicide. (1 page file).

Environmental Health, April 2002
Data on dog bite complaints received, age of dog bite victims, and location on body of bite injuries by age in Kent County. (1 page file)

Chronic Disease, January 2002
Kent County data on prostate cancer incidence by race; lung cancer incidence for males and females by race. (1 page file)

AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, December 2001
Data on HIV testing, and new cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea among teens and young adults in Kent County. (1 page file)

Infant Health, October 2001
Data on infant mortality rates among black and white infants; adequacy of prenatal care by race; birth weight by race by level of Prenatal care. (1 page file)

Substance Abuse, August 2001
Data on motor vehicle crash deaths involving alcohol, alcohol and drug deaths, and drug deaths by age in Kent County. (1 page file)

Community Violence, June 2001
Data on African American male homicide, vulnerable adult abuse and neglect, and the Kent County juvenile crime index (1 page file)

Environmental Health, April 2001
Data on capillary blood lead tests among children in WIC, testing by race/ethnicity, and children with elevated blood lead levels by zip code. (1 page file)

Chronic Disease, February 2001
Data on stage of breast cancer at diagnosis among white and black women in Kent County; rate of preventable hospitalizations for diabetes. (1 page file.)

AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, December 2000
Data on HIV cases by age group, and new cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Kent County. (1 page file.)

Infant and Child Health, October 2000
Data on teen pregnancy rate, timely prenatal care, and childhood immunization rate in Kent County. (1 page file.)

Substance Abuse, August 2000
Data on alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle crashes, and resulting deaths and personal injury in Kent County. (1 page file.)

Violence, June 2000
Data on African American male homicide, sexual assault, and the Juvenile Crime Index in Kent County. (1 page file.)

Environmental Health, April 2000
Data on capillary blood lead tests, venous blood lead tests, and race/ethnicity of children tested for lead poisoning. (1 page file.)

Chronic Disease, January 2000
Data on heart disease deaths, cancer deaths, and diabetes-related deaths in Kent County. (1 page file.)

AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, December 1999
Data on the new case rates for AIDS, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in Kent County.(1 page file)

Substance Abuse, September 1999
Data on alcohol-related motor vehicle crash deaths, alcohol-related motor vehicle crash injuries, and drug and alcohol-related deaths in Kent County.

Violence, June 1999
Data on homicide, aggravated assault, and criminal sexual assault in Kent County.

Infant Health, March 1999
Rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, and timely prenatal care in Kent County.

AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, December 1998
Data on the new case rates for AIDS, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in Kent County.

Monthly Communicable Disease Report

The Communicable Disease Report is a listing new cases of reportable communicable diseases that have been reported to the Kent County Health Department during the previous month. Cumulative case totals to date, as well as median cumulative totals for the previous five years, are included in each report. The Communicable Disease Report is posted no later than the 15th of the month.

Guiding Childhood Behavior Brochure Series

Biting Childhood Diseases
Crying Discipline, Children 0-3
Going to the Store Lying
Toilet Training Stealing
Bike Safety Temper Tantrums
Teaching Independence Poison Prevention
When to Call the Doctor Discipline, Children 3-5

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